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A Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Sponge, topped & filled with The BEST Chocolate Frosting you will ever make!

I realise saying that this contains the BEST chocolate frosting ever is quite a statement, but I honestly think it is – its so delicious! I also realised after my Facebook Requests post that I hadn’t actually posted my go-to chocolate cake recipe!

My recipe for my Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake is delicious as I LOVE Chocolate Orange, and you can use it just as a Chocolate recipe – but this sponge & frosting combination is a winner.

Chocolate cake is one of those classics that you don’t want to mess with, but sometimes they can be terrible, or not chocolatey enough, or just not moist enough. I have seen over the past few months that people use Coffee or Instant Coffee in a Chocolate cake of forms to make the cake more moist and chocolatey – so I tried this!

I personally cannot taste the coffee, and neither could my family – however, If you don’t like coffee, or never buy it then no worries – you can use just water, but the depth of flavour might not be the same!!

Please please PLEASE trust in using the coffee though – I really am sure that you will love it! It just makes it basically the best sponge ever!!!

The magical ingredient in the Chocolate Frosting is the Evaporated Milk – I discovered this after trawling through the internet for hours on end and found a couple of mentions that it might be better – and holy smokes it was.

As you can see in the pictures its quite shiny and almost looks wet, but thats just the consistency, I like mine a little more supple than your standard buttercream! However, you MUST use actual unsalted butter – you cannot use a spread for this bit! You want the butter that’s wrapped in foil. 

When I posted my recipe for my Victoria Sponge – Celebration Cake I knew you all loved the classics, so I hope this suits well too! However, this cake is so much more indulgent. You can easily make a Chocolate version of my Victoria Sponge, but this is definitely more dense, and more chocolatey. It’s basically heaven in a bite.

This is the sort of cake that you want to have a slice, and then shove it all in your face. Yes its gooey, and has many more ingredients then you think it probably should have, but it is WORTH IT. Honestly, worth it. It also does seem a little faffy, but again.. its worth it!

Layering it up with the best frosting on the planet, and you will want to devour every single crumb. Because of how it bakes however, it can often take a long time in the oven, and even sometimes less. It’s all down to the mixing!

I do NOT use an electric mixer for this cake recipe, because it will most likely over do it. I just do each bit by hand, and then fold it all together to get a thick fudge cake that bakes to perfection. However, a mixer is good for the frosting side of things! 

It is very soft, so it can be difficult if you want to spread the cake in buttercream, so I find its easier just to make layers. If you do want to cover it, you’ll need to refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes to firm it slightly first, and it’ll be easier! Enjoy!

Chocolate Fudge Cake with the BEST Chocolate Frosting Ever!

A Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Sponge, topped & filled with The BEST Chocolate Frosting you will ever make!
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Category: Cake
Type: Chocolate
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 14 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 225 g Dark Chocolate
  • 225 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Instant Coffee Granules
  • 175 g Plain Flour
  • 25 g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 200 g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 200 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 4 Medium Eggs
  • 75 ml Buttermilk

Chocolate Frosting

  • 250 g Unsalted Butter (not stork)
  • 500 g Icing Sugar
  • 50 g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100-125 ml Evaporated Milk

Decorations

  • Sprinkles
  • Anything!

Instructions

For the Cake!

  • Preheat your oven to 160C/140CFan and grease & line two 8″/20cm Cake tins – leave to the side.
  • In a heatproof bowl, microwave the Dark Chocolate & Butter till melted – mine takes two minutes! Pour the Coffee Granules into 125ml Boiling Water and mix – add the coffee to the Chocolate/Butter mix and stir well till smooth!
  • In a separate large bowl add the Plain Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Bicarbonate of Soda, Golden Caster Sugar, and Light Brown Sugar and mix well so the ingredients are all mixed with each other well!
  • Mix the Eggs with the Buttermilk – Add the Chocolate Mix & the Egg Mix to the dry ingredients and stir together, try not to over mix it – it should be thick but runny when finished and no flour lumps!
  • Pour the mixture into the two tins and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes (can take a little longer in some ovens) once baked leave to cool in the tin and remove afterwards, or leave for 10-15 minutes and cool on a wire rack for a softer cake.

For the Frosting!

  • With an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until its very smooth and supple (couple of minutes)
  • Gradually add the Icing Sugar & Cocoa Powder alternatively with the Evaporated Milk until all is incorporated and add the vanilla essence – beat for a couple of minutes so its extra smooth & creamy.
  • The more evaporated milk you add the more runny it’ll be, and I have found about 100ml-125ml is perfect for me! If it's a little hotter weather however, you may find you need less!

For the Decoration!

  • Decorate your cake how you like and ENJOY! I spread half my buttercream on the first cake, add the second sponge and repeat!
  • And then I sprinkle on all sorts of sprinkles!

Notes

  • I recommend putting the cakes in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour before trying to decorate with buttercream on the sides as the sponge is so lovely and light it might crumble a bit if you don’t!
  • If you can’t access the Buttermilk, you can make your own! Use the same quantity of FULL FAT milk, mixed with 2tbsp lemon juice and mix – it'll look a bit funky, but thats okay!
  • You can also use Double Cream in the frosting, but I would 100% recommend the evaporated milk over it – it makes such a yummy frosting I would just sit and eat it all with a spoon if I could.
  • You can also bake this into 3 layers using 3 20cm tins – they will take 22-25 minutes in the oven!
  • This cake will last for 3 days in an airtight container!
  • Inspired by BBCGoodFood

ENJOY!

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478 Comments

  1. Jaime on October 13, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Jane! Could this recipe be amended to make it chocolate orange or would it ruin it? The texture is amazing, not to mention the taste and the frosting is the best ever, so I want to make it for my friends birthday but she has requested chocolate orange so thought I would ask ☺️

    • Kim on October 15, 2021 at 9:42 am

      I don’t know for definite but I’m pretty sure you could add orange essence and it would be absolutely fine!



  2. Lynne on October 6, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    5 stars
    I’m going to make this for my husbands birthday tomorrow. Do I have to use real butter for the frosting? Will a vegetable alternative/Stork work as well?
    Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 7, 2021 at 9:55 am

      For this frosting, you MUST use block unsalted butter as anything else is far too soft! x



  3. Jo on August 14, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe. I made it during the week for a work colleague who was leaving. It was absolutely delicious. I baked it in 3 tins and it looked fab. Your recipes are always outstanding and this is definitely my new go-to chocolate cake recipe. Thank you so much again (also absolutely love the book, the new recipes are great)

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 16, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      Hiya! Aw you are so welcome I am so glad you love my recipes that makes me so happy! Enjoy the book x



  4. Holly on August 12, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Jane, I see this recipe has coffee granules in the sponge. They recipient of this cake doesn’t like coffee annoyingly, so does it taste much like coffee? Or should I leave it out?? Xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Hiya! I personally cant taste the coffee at all, it just helps to bring out a moister and more chocolatey flavour.  If you really don’t like coffee, you can use just water, but the depth of flavour might not be the same!!x



  5. Rachael on July 30, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Jane! I was going to try this at the weekend, and use up some condensed milk that I had left from another recipe. Can I swap the evaporated milk for the condensed milk? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 4, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      They don’t work in the same way unfortunately – double cream is the best alternative!



  6. Fay on July 6, 2021 at 5:16 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, would this work as a tray cake in a 30 x 23cm tray. Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 8, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Have a look at my traybake version of the cake x



  7. […] that I love and that is easy to bake is the chocolate fudge cake from Jane’s Patisserie.  It is just such a treat to cut a big slice, heat it and add a scoop […]

  8. Marie on July 3, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Hi Jane when I was baking the cake yesterday I totally forgot to add the cocoa powder, will it make much difference to the cake? Just wondering if I should bake another one this morning, it’s a birthday cake for someone. Many thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 3, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      If it baked okay I would just roll with it as it saves you having to bake it again! x



  9. Fay on June 30, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    5 stars
    Will this recipe work for cupcakes?? Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 1, 2021 at 10:32 am

      Have a look at my chocolate fudge cupcakes recipe on my blog! x



  10. Zohra Sheikh on June 27, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Jane! Love your recipes! Was wondering how many eggs I will need for a 2 layer 6” tin? I know you said 2/3 of the recipe but it comes out as 2.6 when I work out the eggs so it is best to use 2 or 3? X

  11. Carol Carton on June 17, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Jane, delicious recipe, thank you! I found mine slightly weak when stacking and it seemed to be about to break on me. I think it had sunk a little too which would tell me underbaked or overworked maybe? Still tastes unreal! I want to make it for a friends bday and am worried it may not stack well as a 3 layer. I will use chocolate ganache instead of the frosting in this particular recipe just so its a bit firmer but still nicer than regular buttercream. Do you think it will hold well in 3 layers if i bake it correctly this time? I gave it like 43 minutes or thereabouts with additional oven thermometer showing 140 but i think its slowly dying on me and needs replacing soon so could have been an oven issue.. Anyway, any advice for friends cake would be greatly appreciated, thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 17, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      Hey, I would say bake for a little bit longer but refrigerate the sponges before decorating so that they are firmer as they are delicate x



  12. Amy on June 8, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Tastes amazing but I now need to make it gluten free. Any tips on which flour to use?
    Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 10, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Hiya, you can use a really good quality gluten free flour like Doves Farm but unfortunately I haven’t tested it as gluten free yet so I am not certain on it xx



    • Ify on September 5, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Jane!

      Made this yesterday and it truly is amazing!! Felt like eating it all – wasn’t able to rest till it finished! Lol Thank you for the recipe- it’s now my go to recipe for choc cake!



  13. Anna Cripps on June 4, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    5 stars
    Wow this is a truly amazing cake! Made for my husbands birthday and everyone thought it was delicious and were asking for the recipe. It turned out perfectly. Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 7, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      Ahh thank you so much I am so happy it went down so well xx



  14. Beth on May 22, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    How would you scale up this recipe to make 3 layers in 8″ cake tins?

    Love your bakes!
    Thanks so much 🙂 x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 24, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      Hiya! Use 1.5x the recipe. Aww thank you so much!xx



  15. Fiona James on May 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    I’m making this cake for chocoholics but also cover the sides of it. Will this amount cover it or do I need extra?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      Hello you might need another half but also the frosting is a lot slacker than normal so it may not work xx



  16. Vicky on May 13, 2021 at 7:53 am

    HI Jane,

    What type of dark chocolate would you recommend?

    Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Hello! 70% or darker x



  17. S Patterson on May 13, 2021 at 7:46 am

    5 stars
    I’m just wondering could u possibly use spur cream instead of buttermilk

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2021 at 10:34 am

      No you need to use buttermilk x



  18. Danielle on May 12, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    3 stars
    Really disappointed with this, yes the cake is super soft and moist but you can absolutely taste the coffee. It tastes like burnt coffee. I didn’t even put the full table spoon in as I hate coffee. I had a piece 15 minutes ago and can still taste it in my mouth. 🙁

    I’d make it again but definitely leave out the coffee.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2021 at 10:27 am

      How strange! No one else seems to be able to taste it, perhaps its just a personal taste!xx



  19. Katherine on May 4, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious cake – the best thing I’ve ever baked! No one could taste the coffee – you were right.

    Topped mine with Peanut M&Ms and Twirl Bites – and the frosting is sooo delicious.

  20. Laura on April 18, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Hi

    I want to bake this but as a 6 inch cake rather than 8 inch.
    Could I just split the mixture between 2 6inch tins? If not, how should I scale down?

    Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 19, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      Hello! A 6inch recipe is usually 2/3rds of an 8 inch xx



  21. Emma on April 5, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    5 stars
    Hi, this sponge is super delicious. How come it got a crackly top like a brownie? Thanks.

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 6, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      Hello! This could mean that there was too much air in the mixture. I am so glad you enjoy the sponge!x



  22. Resh on April 3, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Hi Jane,

    I have two 7” tins and only require 6 slices of cake, do you think it would be ok to just half the recipe?

    Thanks,
    Resh

  23. Clíodhna on March 31, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I made this cake yesterday and it was delicious!
    I have been asked to make it again but in two 10inch cake tins, I’m just wondering what measurements would you recommend?
    Thanks!!

  24. Sarah on March 29, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Hi, I’ve made this a few times, each time, whilst delicious, the cake sinks… I’ve troubleshooted but cannot get it right!
    Any tips please?

  25. Naomi on March 29, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    This is honestly my favourite chocolate fudge cake recipe ever! So rich, moist and fudgey. Absolutely delicious and not difficult to make. Thank you Jane!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 1, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Yayyy I’m so glad you love it, thank you so much!xx



  26. Charlie on March 26, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I am not able to have dairy, what could I use in place of buttermilk? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 27, 2021 at 10:09 am

      Hello! You can make your own vegan buttermilk by using soy milk and 1tbsp of Lemon juice, mix them together and let them sit for 5 minutes before using x



  27. Claire Small on March 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Jane

    Can I make the cake today (thursday) and keep in airtight tin and frost and eat on Saturday?!

    Just wanted to be prepared.

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 26, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      Hii! Yes you can x



  28. Zoe Thorley on March 21, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Hi, would it be possible to pipe this butter cream? to have the same effect as some of your other cakes such as the mini egg chocolate one.

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 22, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      It can do, see my chocolate fudge cupcakes, but it won’t withstand much weight of another sponge on top so may not work brilliantly x



  29. Mairéad Traynor on March 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Can I use coffee from my coffee machine instead of granules?

  30. Kiran on March 15, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    I really want to bake a bigger version of this cake. Can I double the recipe? I want to use the cake and buttercream then a chocolate drip.
    I really want a fudgey chocolate cake for a 40th cake
    Please help! Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 17, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      You can double and bake into four tins for a taller cake – but the frosting is quite soft and may not stand up well for a drip cake x



  31. Dorothy Marshall on March 14, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Made this in 8″ cake tins, didn’t even use the full amount of ingredients I used 3/4 mixture. The cake was everywhere in the oven. I need to buy deeper tins.
    I’ll have another go with new deeper cake tins.

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 14, 2021 at 9:23 pm

      That sounds like you used sandwich tins which you be too thin!



  32. Naima Hussain on March 11, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Jane. Always follow your recipes and they come out amazing everyone. If I wanted to split this into 3 8″ layers do u think this would..I guess with thinner layers? I don’t want to alter the recipie in any way I’m too scared! And with the decoration you advise that the butter cream is too limp and would would hold a choco drip either??

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 12, 2021 at 8:32 am

      It would work, but yes they would be thinner! But no, this frosting is too soft for a good drip cake in my opinion!



  33. Una on March 9, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Could I double this recipe to make a multi tiered cake and then chill a lot to put buttercream on the outside for a drip cake style ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 10, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      I wouldn’t say this frosting is the best because its very soft so wont give a strong finish for a normal drip cake!



  34. Joanne on March 6, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and 100% you cannot taste the coffee (as I don’t like coffee) Can I just ask, how do you know how much milk to add if you alter the amounts? Is I 1 tbsp for every 100g of ingredients?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 6, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      Do you mean for the frosting? Yes that should work! And so glad you like it!



  35. Lisa on March 6, 2021 at 10:38 am

    5 stars
    This cake was an absolute hit! You cannot taste the coffee at all my next cake will be the mini egg one for my lovely work friends in the nhs that have worked very hard for the last year thank you for sharing all these fab recipes 😘😘 I’ve already used a good few cheese cake recipes your fudge recipes and cookies all were fab xx

  36. Ellie on March 5, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I have one 20cm (small) tin and a 22cm tin, how would you recommend going about this?

    Thank you x

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      Hello! What is the depth of the 20cm tin!x



  37. Ellie on March 4, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Jane!
    I just wondered what the toppings are on this cake? The white chocolate balls look yummy! I am planning on making this cake for my boyfriends birthday next week.
    Thank you 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 6, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      They were actually giant chocoball sprinkles! Any actual chocolate works well though!



  38. Katie Eyre on March 2, 2021 at 9:40 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! I’ve made this recipe before and love it. How could I alter it to make it for 3 6 inch cake tins? Thanks!!! Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 3, 2021 at 9:02 pm

      I would use the recipe as it is but split between the 3 6″ tins! x



  39. heather on March 1, 2021 at 11:26 am

    How much buttercream does this make? Is there plenty for the middle and the top?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 1, 2021 at 10:05 pm

      Yep it makes plenty! What you see in the photo is all the frosting used x



  40. Ly on February 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I’m a Brit in America. We don’t have golden caster sugar. Any advice on what to substitute it with? Still haven’t managed to make the milkybar cheesecake as no decent white chocolate here 😞

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 27, 2021 at 9:13 am

      You can use regular caster, or light brown soft in place! And that sucks!!! xx



  41. Nicki on February 21, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    5 stars
    This was hands down the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made. Absolutely delicious with the gorgeous icing. It took 1 hr 15 in my oven, but I think that says more about my oven than anything else! I managed to get the icing to stick around the outside and decorated it with chocolate fingers and loads of different treats on top – perfect for my daughter’s birthday. Thanks!

  42. Anjali on February 16, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Hi Jane, your cakes are amazing! I made this for my dad’s birthday and it was a real hit! I want to make it for my son’s birthday, but as a two tier cake using 2x 8’’ tins and 2x 6’’ tins, would that work? Thank you so much 🙂 x

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 16, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      So as the cake is much softer than a normal sponge you would need to dowel the cake and use a cake board in between the layers! For the 6″ sponges it would be about 2/3 of the recipe (but I am unsure of timings!) x



  43. Rachel on February 12, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Jane, would this work as a chocolate orange fudge cake? I have used this recipe loads and it’s my favourite chocolate cake, and I’d love to make a chocolate orange version, but I wasn’t sure if orange would affect the coffee, and if it doesn’t, how much orange extract would you add?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 12, 2021 at 7:42 pm

      The orange would be fine! I would use 1.5tsps x



  44. Mariam on February 11, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Jane

    Can you check the cake is done by the clean toothpick method? Just asking as I wasnt sure if the stick is supposed to come out clean as it’s a fudge cake!
    Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 12, 2021 at 8:19 am

      The skewer should still come out clean when baked!



  45. Kate on February 10, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    5 stars
    I love this cake, also like making as the tin loaf,
    I am going to be making this cake for my little boys birthday but want to fondant ice over the top to decorate, do you have any suggestions as this is my first time doing this?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 10, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      Oooh.. I will say this cake isn’t the easiest base as it’s very soft, and so if the frosting! You’d have to bake and fill the cake, and cover with a thinner layer of frosting as a crumb coat, and then probably freeze the cake for a while to firm it up enough to add fondant on top!



  46. Baking fan on February 10, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, I have left over frosting, is there anything I can make/do with it? I hate wasting things

  47. Mariam Hafeez on February 7, 2021 at 9:27 am

    HI jane

    I’m making this for my husbands 25th Birthday, I have some Icing props to put on the cake and wondered if they will stick on fine with just adding butter cream at the sides. Would adding more butter cream down the sides make this a little sickly?

    Thanks! Mariam x

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 7, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      The frosting on this cake is quite soft so may not stand on the sides too well is my only reservation – unless you add less evaporated milk to make it slightly firmer!



  48. Sophie on February 4, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Hi, I’ve tried your chocolate fudge cupcakes which are amazing by the way! I wanted to try this one next in two 4” tins, do I need to change the recipe slightly to go with this or will it be alright how it is?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 4, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      You would DEFINITELY have to reduce the recipe by at least half! (In reality, volume wise you would need about 1/3 of the mix as 4″ tins really are small!) X



  49. Gillian Burke on February 2, 2021 at 11:37 am

    5 stars
    Hi there. I am dying to try this cake recipe. It looks delicious but I only have two 6×4 inch cake tins. Would this work in these. Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 2, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      I usually say to use about 2/3 of a recipe for 6″ tins – the risk with not changing it is that the sponges may not bake so well in the middle (although they will eventually, just takes a long time!) x



  50. amy cheau on January 28, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Should I double the recipe and bake in 4 tins if I want a good size drip cake?

  51. amy cheau on January 27, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Jane. I’ve made this cake before and so delicious so yah ja for the recipe. I need to make it as an 8 inch drip cake. Do you recommend doubling mixture and bake in 4 tins to get 4 good size layers please ? Thanks x

  52. Una on January 27, 2021 at 10:05 am

    I’ve made this cake and it’s amazing! I know the sponge is soft and crumbly but do you think a normal butter cream would work as a crumb coat and then to ice it so it can be like a drip cake ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 27, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      As long as you really chill the sponges first, so they are easier to crumb coat, it would work!! x



  53. Sammi on January 17, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Hello! Would the frosting pipe well onto the cake like a buttercream would?
    Many thanks! 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 17, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      It is slacker than most, so it depends what piping you want to do. Best bet is to reduce the evaporated milk slightly so it’s firmer x



  54. Fays on January 13, 2021 at 11:59 am

    For homemade buttermilk, Would I just use the same amount of regular milk with lemon juice added please? So 75ml of whole milk with some lemon juice? Can’t wait to try xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Yes that is correct – I would use 1 tsp lemon juice for that amount of whole milk x



  55. Sumera on January 8, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Jane! I love love love this cake in the traybake version, it’s always a major hit at work. I brought loads of Oreos and was wondering if the Oreo buttercream recipe you have on your blog will be suitable for this cake? I note you have a separate recipe for the Oreo cake but I just love the buttermilk in this cake as it is so so moist so wanted to use this a base. Love love love your recipes thank you so much for sharing!

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 10, 2021 at 2:12 pm

      You can use whatever buttercream you want with whatever cake really! This sponge is soft though so its worth chilling before decorating with the Oreo buttercream as its thicker and harder to spread than this one.



  56. AL on January 8, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Hi, could i use stork for the cake sponge? Or would it have to be block butter?

  57. Kirsty on January 8, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    5 stars
    I love chocolate. But I have to say this was a little too much for me and my palette. My mother however couldn’t get enough of it! The chocolate frosting! LOVED IT!

  58. Jasmine on December 15, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering if it work to coat the outside of the cake with this frosting or would it work better with a buttercream? Thank you 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 15, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      This frosting is definitely slacker than a normal buttercream so you will struggle to get the perfect finish – you could add slightly less evaporated milk and just go with it, or if you want something neat and smooth I would go for a normal buttercream!



  59. Kathryn on December 13, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, made this recipe loads it is absolutely divine every time!!! However, I am wanting to convert it for 3 6×2″ deep cake pans. I have seen people ask below but nobody stated the depth of them. So I just wanted to double check please. Would I just keep the recipe as it is and split between the 3?

    Thank you.

    Kathryn 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 13, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      As this cake doesn’t rise much I would say it would be fine in the 2″ deep pans!



  60. Kirsty on December 10, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Hi Jane, is there any way you can freeze this at any point? Thank you!

  61. Chloe on December 8, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    5 stars
    This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made. I used to avoid making chocolate cake because it’s usually dry but this is has changed my mind and will be my go to recipe!

  62. Claire on December 8, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe the best recipe that actually tastes like chocolate fudge cake from restaurants rather than just a normal chocolate cake.

  63. Louis on December 7, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe, perfect every time.

  64. Ellie on December 7, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    5 stars
    Literally the nicest chocolate cake I have ever made. So moist and tasty. And the buttercream is something else. Make it and you won’t regret it!

  65. T on December 3, 2020 at 11:57 am

    What % dark chocolate would you recommend? Ive noticed the shops have 70, 85 or 90% but not sure which would be best

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 3, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Always at least 70% – anything 70 or more is fine!



  66. Ellie on December 2, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! Just wondering if this would work split between 3 x 6inch tins? Or even just 2? Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 2, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      3×6″ is better, otherwise it may be too much for two! x



  67. Neha on November 29, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    5 stars
    This cake is insane! Soo chocolatey and incredibly rich. And the buttercream is absolute heaven! I made this in 2 x 9 inch tins and multiplied the ingredients by 1/3 and it needed 50 mins in the oven. Thank you Jane for another amazing recipe.

    • Kelly on February 24, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      I am wanting to make this in 9” tins, could you tell me how much they rise please x



    • Jane's Patisserie on February 25, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      Typically you increase by 1/3 for 9″! X



  68. Eleanor on November 19, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Jane! I’m wanting to bake this cake for my birthday, it looks gorgeous! I love Nutella so do you think baking this cake but using the Nutella icing from your Nutella cake recipe would be nice or would it be too sickly?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 20, 2020 at 9:13 am

      The frosting on this recipe is already quite rich, so I wouldn’t say the nutella is going to be any more sickly if that makes sense! But it is all about personal taste xx



  69. Amanda on November 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    5 stars
    This cake was absolutely delicious! It went down really well and I’d definitely make it again!

  70. Ella on November 7, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Would the frosting be enough to fill and cover a 3 layer version? if not, how much should I increase the quantities by?
    Thanks!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 8, 2020 at 10:35 am

      I wouldn’t say so personally as this is only two layers. Safe bet would be to use at least 1.5x, if not double… but be aware it’s not that firm so it won’t be a perfect smooth finish if that’s what you are after x



  71. Amy on November 7, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    5 stars
    I have quite honestly waited years to find this recipe. So delicious, thank you. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  72. Tel on November 6, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane!

    I absolutely love this recipe. I was wondering if I was to make this into a 10” cake with 3 layers, how much should I multiply the recipe by? Thanks in advance x

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 6, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      So usually I would say to increase the recipe to 1.6x if you just wanted the bigger tins, but because you want an extra layer I would maybe double the recipe? x



  73. Amanda on October 30, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Hi!
    I’m planning on making this for my sisters birthday but I’ve only got 9” round tins. Would I need to change the recipe amounts by much?
    Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 30, 2020 at 1:33 pm

      I usually say increase the recipe by about 1/3! X



    • Amanda on October 30, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you! X



  74. Kerry Littler on October 25, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    5 stars
    I made a 3 tier , should have been 4 but one broke ooops ! Decided it was easier to put the cream in and put the next layer on upside down and remove the baking paper for the next layer in situ, no breakages !! Topped it with Ferraro Rocher and Choc covered strawberries, soooo indulgent !!

  75. amy cheau on October 25, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Hi Jane. I made this cake over the weekend and it was superb! However I baked in 3 x 6 inch tins and was surprised it took me 50 mins at fan 140 deg. Should it take this long and I am wondering if I should up the temperature next time ? I did have a tin filled with water at bottom of oven to help keep cake moist and wondering if this affected the bake ? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 25, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      It is a fudge cake so it does take longer some times, but you definitely do not need the water in the oven x



  76. Niccy on October 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,

    This recipe is absolutely amazing! Received many compliments for this one!

    I would like to make 3, 6 inch cakes, how would i go about this?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Hey! So glad you like it!! If you wanted the cakes to be about the same depth, I would split the mix as it is between three tins! x



  77. Amy on October 19, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Jane- I love making this cake and is probably the best chocolate cake I make!

    I’m making my sister in laws wedding cake this weekend and wanted to use this on the bottom and then stack a 6 inch Victoria sponge on top- would you say it’s too delicate to do this?!

    Thank you in advance

    Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 20, 2020 at 8:31 am

      It would be fine, as long as it is dowelled correctly. It is definitely a softer sponge than I would use for a tiered cake, but as long as it’s done correctly there is no reason it won’t work! x



  78. Taylor Jackson on October 19, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Jane! Can I make the frosting without the cocoa powder (so just a normal buttercream) and still add the evaporated milk ? Do you think it will taste okay ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 20, 2020 at 8:26 am

      It won’t work the exact same – cocoa powder is quite drying so it works really well, without you’d need probably half or less of the evaporated milk x



  79. Stephanie on October 11, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe Jane! This is now my go-to-never-fail chocolate cake. My family and friends love it so much that my sister-in-law even requested it for her wedding cake! I made a three-layer 6-inch version (it was only a small gathering). I have only gotten compliments from all your recipes I’ve made. Thanks again!

  80. Marina on October 7, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I’m looking to make this for my mother in laws birthday, however after ready the comments I’m slightly worried about the sponge being too delicate. Do you think it would turn out ok as a tall three layer 9inch cake, with normal buttercream, decorated with chocolates on top? Or would that be too heavy for the sponge?

    Also, I like to do practise runs as I’m not very confident. If I was to make a 1 9inch layer, would halving the ingredients work?

    Many thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 8, 2020 at 9:38 am

      The sponge is delicate, but, if you refrigerate the sponge to firm it up before decorating it will be completely fine! Leave the cakes to cool in the tin fully, and then refrigerate for a few hours – it won’t dry them out enough to cause any issues, it will just make it easier to decorate!

      9″ tins are about 1/3 bigger in volume, so you wouldn’t want to halve it as it would be very thin xx



  81. Seher Akbar on October 3, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Hey Jane, the recipe sounds amazing. If I were to make this as a three layer 6” cake, how would the recipe vary? Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 4, 2020 at 9:56 am

      I would probably split the mix between three 6″ tins as it is – and make a few cupcakes if you have any leftover mix!



  82. Sadia on September 29, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    I was just wondering if you could link which cake tins you use to bake your layers as there is so much choice out there and after reading so many reviews I’m a little confused. Thank you in advance. X

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 30, 2020 at 9:36 am

      I’m working on a post just for that – I use a few different ones but it will be worth the wait! x



  83. Laura on September 27, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I haven’t been able to get golden caster sugar or light brown sugar from the shop. Would normal caster sugar and dark brown sugar work by any chance? Thanks!

  84. Rachel on September 27, 2020 at 9:45 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I’ve just made this cake, it tastes amazing, however it’s broken apart when I’ve taken it out of the tin. I did leave it to cool for 10mins in the tin, and I put a skewer in the centre to check it was baked, any idea where I’ve gone wrong? Thank you 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 27, 2020 at 9:56 am

      The sponge is very soft, especially when warm, so it may have just been too warm still and broke apart! So sorry for the problem x



  85. Hannah on September 26, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Hello,
    I was wondering if this type of icing is okay to pipe ? Or is it to running for that ? Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 26, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      If you have a look at the cupcake version of this recipe it can pipe – but that relies on using the correct type of butter, and not adding too much evaporated milk! x



  86. Sadia on September 23, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Hi Jane,
    I tried this recipe out yesterday and baked the whole mixture in a 9inch baking tin, I baked it at 160•C for nearly double the time. The cake tasted good however is it meant to have a brownie like crust on the top of the cake, or did I do something wrong? I baked a second cake again using the whole batter in the same cake tin at the same temperature but for less time and it still had a crust. The frosting and cake is definitely a winner, thank you for your lovely recipes.

    Sadia

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 24, 2020 at 9:19 am

      It is a large amount of batter for one tin, and for that length of time – it will have a different feel. If you bake into the tins it’s designed for it doesn’t have as much of a hard top – but these are chocolate fudge cakes so the texture is different to a regular sponge x



  87. Shreya on September 22, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    . Thanks for the recipe. Can I follow this recipe to make cupcakes instead? If not the sponge cake, can the frosting recipe work as a cupcake frosting?

    Appreciate your inputs.

  88. Teyanne on September 15, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Jane,

    If the two tins don’t fit in the same oven, and I bake one at a time; does this alter the time spent cooking and the temperature needed of the oven?
    Also, if I want to cover sides would you recommend doubling the frosting?

    Many Thanks.

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 16, 2020 at 8:46 am

      No the timings should still be the same, and the temperature. And you probably only need 1.5x the frosting (but you MUST use block butter otherwise it won’t hold up on the sides)



  89. Jill on September 14, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Hey Jane 👋 I’m looking to make this j to a 3 layer 8” cake as it’s for a birthday and need it a bit bigger. How much extra ingredients would I need ?
    Thanks 😊 x

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 14, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      I would use 1.5x the recipe, and split into three tins!



    • Jill on September 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      So an extra half of the recipe I presume you mean? Also would you recommend vanilla butter cream or white ganache to cover it? ☺️



    • Jane's Patisserie on September 16, 2020 at 8:43 am

      Yes, an extra half. I would use a ganache as it sets much firmer – make sure to chill the cake for about an hour before though as the cake is VERY soft so can be hard to make into a covered cake.



    • Jill on September 16, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      The cake is for Saturday if I made the sponge Thursday would that be too early ?



    • Jane's Patisserie on September 16, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      No that should be fine!



  90. Harriet on September 14, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Hi, I have just made this cake and put it in the oven. I realised I’ve forgot to add the coffee and water mix… will this be a disaster?! Any advice is much appreciated.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      It will have a different taste (less deep/chocolatey) and might be slightly different texture x



  91. Abbie Giglio on September 12, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Jane! My cakes have sunk 🙁 will they taste okay? What do you recommend I do? x

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 12, 2020 at 9:02 pm

      That just means they needed longer in the oven, but they should taste fine!



  92. Abby Maguire on September 10, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Jane, I was hoping to use the cake recipe in this to make a 4 layer pinata cake just because it sounds so much more delicious than a standard chocolate cake. Do you think it would work well or would it be too moist and not good for all over frosting? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 11, 2020 at 8:46 am

      It is a very very soft sponge, so it could be difficult. It can work, but you need to chill/freeze the sponges to make them easier to move about more x



  93. Molly on September 9, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Heya! I’ve just made this and I totally accidentally used evaporated milk in the cake instead of the buttermilk 😭 will it be okay? It’s in the oven baking for a friends birthday! I’m panicking.

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 9, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      The buttermilk is there to help create the texture, make the cake rise, and get the best results because of the acidity and with what buttermilk is. It may not work the same with the evaporated, but I honestly have no idea! x



  94. Amy on September 9, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Hi Jane, I am planning on making the triple chocolate cake this weekend for my partners birthday except I want to use the icing from this recipe! Would you recommend icing the outside and top of that cake with this icing or should I make half the buttercream with evaporated milk for the filling and then the outside without evaporated milk.
    My next question is to fit into my schedule it would be easiest for me to bake it Sunday morning and then ice and decorate the cakes on Monday. Is this something that would cause any issues with the cakes or anything you would recommend?
    Love all of your recipes too by the way! We are all so very excited to try this!!! Xxxxxx

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

      Hey! So this frosting (in which you MUST use block butter and not a spread) is still quite soft and can be too soft to decorate the sides of a cake – so generally I would say yes to using it for the filling, and leave out evaporated milk for the outside! And yes you can bake the cakes the day before, just let them cool full and wrap well in clingfilm and leave at room temperature! xx



  95. Lindsay Ferguson on August 31, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    5 stars
    10/10. Would recommend to anyone. I make it all the time now.

  96. Emma on August 23, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Good tasting cake just on its own. Kids loved it even without icing. It had a very thin papery crisp top layer like a brownie for some reason.

  97. Sam on August 18, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Hey Jane, I’m a little bit confused about the frosting stage. Am I meant to add some icing sugar and cocoa power and then add a little of evaporated milk and then repeat? So is it best to do half of the amounts and then add the other half?

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 18, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      Yes so I list as that, because some people don’t have an electric mixer and this way makes it much easier – if you do have an electric mixer though you can add all the icing sugar/cocoa powder, and then just add the evaporated milk a little at a time x



  98. Olivia on August 17, 2020 at 10:17 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane

    This cake tasted absolutely incredible!

    unfortunately when I put the top layer on, the whole thing started cracking and the top cake split into 2 and then into 4! Any idea what I could have done wrong?

    It was still thoroughly enjoyed as deliciously chocolatey mess, but I would love to try again just not sure what I did! x

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 17, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      I can only assume it wasn’t being put onto a flat layer, which could easily cause it to crack unfortunately! You need to make sure the layer underneath is flat, along with the frosting, so it can just safely sit on top xx



  99. Stephanie on August 9, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Jane I’m wondering if you can freeze the frosting as I have lots left over! It’s tastes amazing by the way, thank you for the recipe.

  100. Kelly on August 9, 2020 at 11:07 am

    I made this cake for my mother in laws birthday yesterday. It was incredible she said it’s the best fudge cake she’s ever had. Thank you for the amazing recipe. I’d love to make a chocolate orange version for my mums birthday in a few weeks. How would I best achieve this? Should I swap the dark choc for A dark chocolate orange or maybe just add orange extract to the recipe?

    Many thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 9, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      I would just add orange extract as the cocoa content of dark terry’s isn’t dark enough xx



  101. Sinal on August 8, 2020 at 10:01 am

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe Jane! It was delicious and perfect. Me and my family loved it so much that I’m going to make it again for my husband’s birthday. I’m going to switched the 8″round tin for an 8″ square tin – will I need more batter and if so what ratio shall I increase it by. How many serving do you think I’ll get out of an 8″ square? I still want to keep it as a two layer cake (as I only have two the same size). Thank you! And sorry for all the questions.

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 8, 2020 at 11:19 am

      Hey! So typically a round cake is the same volume as a square, but 1″ smaller… so 8″ round = 7″ square. So, as an estimate, an 8″ square would need 1.3x the recipe to still have the same depth of sponge! Baking time will be a bit longer, but other than that just use 1.3x the recipe xx



  102. Romey on August 2, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Hi I was planning to make this tomorrow, but have noticed one of the ingredients is coffee and the person I am making this for really does not like coffee. Is there any way to remove the coffee and still use this recipe? Thanks, Romey

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 2, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      You can’t taste the coffee as mentioned on the post – it really does just make it taste more chocolatey.



  103. Cesca Tray on July 30, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! Used this for my dads birthday cake and now my boyfriend has requested it for his but he’d like a drip cake – is this sponge too delicate for a tall drip cake? I’d be using a 6 inch cake tin which is 3 inch deep. Also, do you think I’d need to make a bigger mixture to fill this depth of tin? Thank you in advance!

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 31, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Hey! So it definitely is a delicate sponge, but you can decorate more easily it if it’s chilled – the buttercream frosting is too soft though and would be best without the evaporated milk! It probably is enough mix for 6″ however as typically you’d reduce mixture to fit a 6″ x



  104. Abby Maguire on July 28, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Hi, I’d like to use the frosting un this recipe as filling and cover for a 3 layer cake. How much would you recommend adding to the ingredients for it to be enough to cover and use as the filler between sponges?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 28, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      So I would at least double it – the only thing I would say is that it’s quite soft so doesn’t always hold up very well on the sides, especially on a hot day! x



  105. Jojo on July 25, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Hi there!
    Just wondering if after melting the chocolate mixture,I should let it cool before adding the other ingredients.

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 26, 2020 at 8:29 am

      Hey – you melt the chocolate and butter together, add the coffee mixture whilst it’s hot, and then let it naturally cool slightly whilst you do the next few steps.



  106. Ashton Jarratt on July 22, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Jane!

    I’m looking at making this cake at the weekend and cover it in buttercream and stick flakes all around the outside, will this cake hold the flakes? Also my tin is only 2 and a half inches deep is this ok?

    Thank you xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 22, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      Yes it will definitely hold the flakes (have a look at my easter chocolate cake, I use matchmakers) – and you need two tins, but that depth should be okay!



  107. Mica on July 20, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I’m making this for my mum’s birthday this weekend and I was wondering if I could use dark soft brown sugar instead? I can’t seem to get any n my food shop! x

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 20, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Hey! Yes you can, or you can use all caster!



  108. Chris on July 19, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    I really do like this recipe – it has been my go to chocolate fudge cake recipe for a while now. But I always am slightly unhappy with his it turns out aesthetically. When cooking, the cake always shrinks and dips a lot in the middle. I’m not a novice baker – I know I’m not over mixing it. I also know it’s not baked for too long as the centre is still sometimes ‘jiggly’ lol. When I take it out of the oven it never springs back when I touch it, but it is fully cooked. Such a shame as the cake is delicious!

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 20, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      This sort of cake won’t do the spring back – and if the cake is still jiggly, it’s 100% not baked for long enough. Dipping means it’s not baked for long enough either, and you can also be opening your oven too early, and for too long when checking it.



  109. Sel on July 18, 2020 at 9:38 am

    5 stars
    Hey Jane, omg this cake was amazing!!! I fought my husband for the last slice mwahaha!

    Sorry if this has been asked before but what do you use to decorate the cake/ where do you get your sprinkles? I wasn’t sure if the big ball sprinkles were Malteasers??

    Thanks for all your delicious recipes 😋

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 18, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Hey! Hahaha amazing! And they are large chocoball sprinkles that aren’t sold anymore – I can’t find them anywhere! x



  110. Riya on July 15, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    5 stars
    Literally the most amazing chocolate cake I’ve ever made… I bake regularly and have tried so many recipes and this one is heaven sent!! 🤤🤤 100% recommend! Trust the recipe!!!

  111. Shana on July 13, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Absolutely love this cake Jane, it’s so delicious!!

    If I wanted to make this gluten free would I be ok to just substitute the plain flour with GF plain flour or will I need to make any other changes?

    Thanks! x

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 13, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      The risk is that the texture of the cake is already quite delicate, so it may make it even more so – so I would suggest using xantham gum (and obviously checking all other ingredients are gluten free) and then also refrigerating before decorating so they can firm up slightly!



    • Paula Curley on July 15, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Jane would chocolate ganache sit ok on this cake? I have to decorate around the outside with sweets. Wondering as it’s a delicate cake, will it hold thick ganache and sweets? Thanks



    • Jane's Patisserie on July 16, 2020 at 10:18 am

      Hey! So the sponge is quite delicate, and to cover in ganache you’d want to refrigerate the sponges for a while first to firm them up, but after that it would be fine! X



  112. Wendy on July 12, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Good morning 🙂
    This sounds yummy, I’ll be attempting to make it today. After it’s cooked do you let it cool slightly and then put into the fridge for 30mins-1hr? Also, once it’s all finished is it best kept in the fridge?
    Many thanks
    Wendy

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 12, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      It’s sometimes best to put the cake in the fridge for decoration – but it’s not essential. And no, I would keep it at room temp!



  113. Terri Roberts on July 8, 2020 at 9:06 am

    I made this at the weekend and it was lovely. I’ve now been asked to make the same sponge but as a mocha cake – how much extra coffee would you add to ensure it tasted of mocha rather than just chocolate? is there anything else you would change to make it a mocha cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 8, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      I would probably double the coffee, or even triple the coffee? Try and dissolve in the same quantity of water however, and then everything else will be the same!



  114. Sarah on July 6, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    I want to make this for my son as he loves chocolate! What decorations did you use? I’m having difficulty finding suitable sweets. Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 6, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      They are just really large sprinkles mixed with regular sized ones – you can use anything you like!!



  115. Mandy Barker on July 3, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    5 stars
    Made this cake today and it’s the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made and definitely my go to chocolate cake from now on. The recipe is brilliant and I followed it to the letter and it worked perfectly! Thanks for such a great recipe and brilliant tips – I put the cakes in the fridge for 30-40 mins and it iced perfectly 🙂

  116. Mandy Barker on July 3, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    5 stars
    Made this today and it’s amazing and definitely the best ever chocolate cake I’ve ever made! It’s my go to recipe from now on. I followed the recipe exactly and it worked perfectly. I put the cakes in the fridge for a good half an hour and it iced perfectly! Thanks Jane! Brilliant recipe 🙂

    • Paula Curley on July 6, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Hi Jane, I am making this cake next week but with 3 decent tiers, as you suggested in a post here I will add on another half to the recipe and bake in 3 x 20cm round tins. Will the cooking time be same as original method or longer baking time? Also does it have to be golden caster sugar? Thanks. I’m making this and decorating it into a lego climbing wall thanks



    • Jane's Patisserie on July 6, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Hey! Yes if you split it between three tins, the amount of mix in each tin should still be the same so baking time should be the same! You can use white caster sugar, or all light brown or something similar! To decorate it to that detail I would suggest refrigerating the cakes so they are a lot more solid and easier to use as the sponge is quite soft xx



  117. Laura Morrissey on July 3, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! Made this and it was so delicious!! Just wondering if I could use this recipe and bake it in loaf tins? If so how would you go about it? Thanks so much!

  118. Abbie on July 2, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Hi, I’m looking to make this cake this evening for a friends birthday. I have multiple 8” since cake tins but I’m looking to 3 layers to the cake, I know your recipe states for two tons. Could I split the mixture in 3 tins or would they be too thin? Or would I be better to make more mixture, and if I did need to make more mixture I wouldn’t be sure on how many more eggs I would need and baking powered etc? Could you help? Thanks!! 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 2, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      Hey! Yes you can bake this into three tins, the timing is just reduced and you’ll want to be careful not the break the sponges when you handle them because they will be a bit thinner! I’ve made this into three tins in the past and it’s work, but they are quite thin! Or, you can odd on another half to the recipe to make a decent third sponge! x



  119. Sarah on June 30, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Hi Jane, love your recipes- we are currently trying to work out how to use this recipe for a drip cake? Our first two sponges didn’t come out great and seem very flimsy which I’m concerned about but what would you suggest for buttercream/ frosting please for inside then also for the outside before we create the drip with ganache? Any tips would be fabulous please!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 30, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      Hey – so the sponge is delicate, so it can’t be handle massively – but it may also be slightly under baked. As mentioned on the post you can refrigerate the sponges to make them easier to handle which would work! And for the frosting have a look at my other drip cake recipes x



  120. Jamie on June 29, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Hey! Do you think I could double the recipe and bake in my 8×4 inch tins for a longer time so i can cut them in half and make it 4 layers? I’d like to try and reduce cooking time if possible instead of doing two batches seperately? Thank you. X

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 29, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      Hiya – do you still mean 8×8″ tins, but 4″ depth? Or a rectangle? If you mean still an 8″ round it should be okay, but you will have to keep an eye on the bake as the cake can sink quite badly if it’s underdone when you take it out (more than a normal cake can!), but otherwise it should be okay! x



  121. Esme on June 29, 2020 at 9:05 am

    5 stars
    Wanted to make this in advance for our Golden Wedding celebration with family – in garden during lockdown. Weather forecast not good and worried this would go to waste!! From recipe I got 15 large cupcakes, in oven for approx 30min. Skewer clean and no bubbling sounds although looked moist in centre! Allowed to cool completely and carefully froze in batches of 3 so all upright and separate. Removed the morning of the celebration and made up the frosting. Kept to amount in recipe but really only used 2/3 of frosting. Added chocolate and golden sprinkles. Grandchildren said it was the best ever chocolate cake they have tasted!! Thank you! Will make again! Consistency is a cross between a brownie and fudge cake!

  122. amber on June 27, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Jane, i am looking for a flavourful, moist chocolate cake recipe for a drip cake would this be ok? I see you have used plain flour, i normally use self raising in cakes to try and make them light and fluffy. Does the plain flour make a difference to this or should i sub for self raising and leave out the bicarb? Thank you in advance. Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 28, 2020 at 9:09 am

      I would follow the recipe as it is due to the other ingredients in regards to the flour as the sponge is quite delicate as it is and self-raising could make it fall apart – and if you chill the sponges before decorating they’ll be fine for a drip cake! (the frosting won’t be though) x



  123. Louise on June 27, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Hi, should the skewer come out clean when the sponge is ready?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 27, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Yes! Also, the cake shouldn’t make any bubbling/crackling sounds (if you carefully put your ear to the cake and it’s quite it’s finished baking!) x



  124. Katie on June 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Hi,
    Would this recipe work using 3 large eggs instead of 4 medium?
    Thank you x

  125. Katie on June 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I love your recipes. I baked this today and was amazing, gone down a treat ! Just wondering if I would be able to use a cooking chocolate for this in the future … I was thinking something like the dr oetker 72% extra dark? Also would I be able to bake the sponge the day before decorating And if so how should I store the sponge?! X

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 22, 2020 at 9:11 am

      Hey! Yes, you can use cooking chocolate – I often do! And you can store them at room temp but you can also do the fridge if wrapped correctly as they are delicate sponges! X



  126. Juliet Simpson on June 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Hey,

    I don’t have an electric whisk at the moment. What you recommend to use for the frosting instead? Thanks 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 20, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      I would just use your hand and a spoon/spatula – just add things in more gradually and beat like crazy!



  127. Molly on June 14, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Hey,
    I want to make a drip cake bust based on this recipe. If I cover the whole cake in this frosting will I still be able to create a drip or is the frosting abit more wet?

    Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 14, 2020 at 10:08 pm

      Hey! I wouldn’t recommend this frosting for a drip cake I’m afraid, it’s far too soft!



    • Molly on June 18, 2020 at 7:39 am

      Okay thanks! Would I still be able to use this cake recipe though? X



    • Jane's Patisserie on June 18, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      Hey! Yes you can! It’s best to refrigerate the sponges for a while before decorating so that they are firmer! x



  128. Abi on June 13, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Is it possible to not use dark chocolate and just use cocoa powder or will that effect the cake too much?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      That would effect the bake – the dark chocolate is a key ingredient!



  129. Hannah McEvoy on June 10, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Jane! I’m really struggling to find baking powder at the moment. I have self raising flour, plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar. What would you recommend? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 11, 2020 at 11:50 am

      Hey! I would use 3/4tsp of bicarb! x



  130. Tricia on June 10, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I’m planning on using this recipe for my daughters birthday cake, do you think the buttercream would be sturdy enough for me to cover my cake in fondant?

    Thanks,

    Tricia x

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 10, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      Hey! So this buttercream is really quite soft – personally I would maybe fill the cakes with it, but cover them in a regular buttercream without the evaporated milk so it’s firm enough! x



  131. Jarred on June 10, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    5 stars
    An extremely delicious cake, really loved the taste. However I disaster occurred and the cake needed to be put in the bin.
    Essentially what happened is that 1 cake sank, the other didn’t – I needed to bake them separate as my oven can’t fit two at the same time.
    And to top it off, both cakes literally fell part when removing the baking paper and when assembling them, although i tasted it, it was delicious, it’s just a shame it went like it did.
    I know I did something wrong, maybe the cakes were too high in the oven, maybe a should have left them cool a little more.

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 10, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Hey! So with this sort of sponge, the cake sitting for a while may not have been good for the mix (obviously that’s only if that was the second one to be baked) but also maybe the mix wasn’t quite even so it needed a little more baking?! – and ohh no!! The only thing to do really is to let them cool fully in the tin and refrigerate them for a bit so they’re firmer to decorate! xx



    • Jarred on June 10, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      Aww thank you 😊 I be attempting it again soon – I can be rather impatient – lesson definitely learnt and be allowing a lot more time for them to cool fully. Thanks again xx



  132. Kat on June 10, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Looking to bake this creation tomorrow but a smaller “lockdown” cake size of 6″. Will this batch size be ok for 3 x 6″ tins please?

    Many thanks 💖

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 10, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      Hey! Yes that should be good for 3×6″ xx



    • Kat on June 30, 2020 at 11:44 am

      Thank You Jane, it was perfect….got a few cupcakes out of it too! 🥰
      I’ve been asked for this cake again but wanted to use a 8″×12″ rectangular tin. Would this batch be OK for that?
      Many thanks 💖



    • Jane's Patisserie on June 30, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      Hey! yes it should be – I increased the amounts in my chocolate fudge traybake cake for a 9×11″ so this should be good for that tin! X



  133. Charlotte on June 9, 2020 at 6:18 am

    Oh this cake looks amazing!!

    My mum wants me to make a mini cake for my brother’s birthday…can I use half the quantity to make a mini cake? What would be the baking time? (sorry if I sound crazy ….awkward smilie face)

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      Hey! Half should make a 6″ cake I think, and the baking time would decrease by maybe a 1/3? I’m not 100% sure however as I don’t often bake 6″ cakes!



  134. Emily on June 7, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Made this yesterday for my sisters 30th birthday… Everyone commented on how delish it was and I’ve now been appointed as the official family birthday cake maker 😂… Sooo good!

    • Vicki on June 8, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      5 stars
      Hi Jane, loving the recipes as a newbie baker! Surprising myself with how good the cakes are coming out (I am know for my bad cooking!). Can I just ask two questions: how do you get the colour of the buttercream in the pictures? Mine is much darker and I prefer the look of the more fudge colour you have achieved. Also, does adding less evaporated milk make the buttercream less ‘wet’ or should I keep the 100ml and add slightly more icing sugar? When cutting the cake, it does tumble as it’s very soft (no complaints) but if I put in the fridge as suggested would this stop this?



    • Jane's Patisserie on June 8, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Hey! So my photos are obviously in good lighting, and edited slightly to make them look good, so the colour is probably not exact! But, I do actually use 100% cocoa/cacao powder which is a solid brown, slightly dark colour. It may be that the colour of your cocoa powder is slightly darker than mine?! And yes – as long as you are using real butter (not a spread), you just need to add a bit less evaporated milk to have it firmer! And yes, the fridge will firm it up nicely! xx



  135. SC on June 7, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Jane , how deep are your 8inch cake tins? Thanks!

  136. Jarred on June 6, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Hey, would you mind telling what coco powder you use? I’ve currently got the Dr.Oetker dark coco powder, however I was just wondering what one you use. Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 6, 2020 at 11:59 am

      I tend to use Cacao Barry – it’s 100% cocoa/cacao (I buy a large 1kg bag as I go through it so quick!)



    • Jarred on June 6, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      Ahh thank you! Would you mind linking me it to amazon maybe, there are so many to choose room I just want to make sure it’s the correct one. Thanks again



    • Jane's Patisserie on June 6, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      It’s called Cacao Barry Extra Brute Amber Cocoa powder! x



    • Jarred Evans on June 7, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Thank you:), i’m going to attempt this recipe soon x



  137. Amy on June 4, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Can you use slightly salted butter instead of unsalted butter?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 4, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      You can – however that will make it taste slightly salty. And it needs to be block butter for the buttercream!



  138. SC on June 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Hey Jane! Can I make this recipe using a 6×4 inch round cake tin? I suspect I will have batter left over but I was hoping to cut the cake in half and it’s quite a deep tin. Thanks!

  139. Tash on June 2, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Is the evaporated milk supposed to be cold?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 2, 2020 at 11:39 am

      No it doesn’t have to be – I just use it straight from the tin!



  140. SC on June 1, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Hey Jane! I’m Hoping to make this however only have 1 6 inch round and 4 inch deep cake tin. I suspect I may have some batter left over however would I be able to to cut the cake in half if I use this tin? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 2, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Yes, I would use probably about 2/3 of the mixture in the tin – and bake for quite a long time!



  141. jess on June 1, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Hi! Can you tell me how I would do this in x2 6 inch tins please? Thanks in advance ☺

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 2, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      The cakes aren’t too deep, so you could bake the entire mix into two 6″ tins, and bake for a longer time! Or, you can reduce the recipe by about a 1/3, but as this has quite a few ingredients it may be easier just to make the full batch (and maybe have a few cupcakes with leftover mix)



  142. Maryam on June 1, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Hi,
    Can I bake it in one 8” cake tin and then cut into two?I dont have spare 8” cake tin.
    Thanks in advance

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 1, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      Hey! You can, although I haven’t baked this into one tin in a while – it could take probably up to an hour or a little bit longer!



  143. Emma on June 1, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Jane 🙂

    First of all your NYC Cookies are TO DIE FOR!!! I think my sister and I have made about 3 batches in the last two weeks 🙂
    I just wanted to ask about your evaporated milk buttercream. Would condensed milk also work? I know evaporated milk has a little less sugar? But it’s pretty difficult to get ahold of (I live in Switzerland). Any advice for a substitute if not? Xx

    Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      Hey! Ahh amazing! And no, they’re not a straight swap – as mentioned in the post I would recommend adding a liquid cream instead! x



  144. Christine on May 27, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Jane

    I’m struggling to get hold of cocoa powder at the moment, would melted chocolate work in the icing instead or do you think it would make it too runny?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      I would imagine that would make it too runny – the cocoa powder is effectively quite drying which is how it works! You can certainly give it a go, but add much less evaporated milk to begin with as it wouldn’t need much at all!



  145. Celine Hetherington on May 25, 2020 at 3:43 am

    Hello! I’m wanting to make this into a 3 layer cake. Would I add half of each ingredient to do this e.g. 262g plain flour etc? Can’t wait to try! 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 25, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Hey! Yes basically – you can round things up a little bit though to like 270g if it makes it easier! x



  146. Millie on May 23, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Hi! Would golden granulated sugar or Demerara sugar work with this recipe as I’m struggling to get hold of light brown sugar!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 23, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Either should work, but I’d choose golden granulated/caster! X



  147. Miss Chloe J J Riggs on May 13, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Hello,
    Would this cake freeze okay?
    Thanks
    Chloe

  148. Laura on May 10, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Jane, love your recipes, I’ve never had one fail me yet! Really want to give this one a go but I’m struggling to get hold of caster sugar at the minute never mind golden caster sugar! I have plenty of granulated and light brown sugar but scared to sub the granulated in and change the texture too much. Would it be better to just use all brown sugar?
    Thanks in advance 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 11, 2020 at 9:11 am

      You can use a mix, or just all light brown for sure – light brown would be my choice!!



  149. Tori on April 26, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    I dashed out today and purchased 2 x 20cm sandwich tins for this recipe. Just been reading your helpful tips and can see you use the slightly more expensive tins, will the sandwich tin make a difference or am I better using a deeper tin? Thanks, can’t wait to make this cake!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 27, 2020 at 9:26 am

      I do naturally use deeper tins – it depends on your sandwich tins as even they can vary in height! It should be okay, as this cake rises but not massively?!



  150. Gemma on April 19, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Jane! If I wanted to make 3 layers would I make a mix and half? Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 19, 2020 at 6:49 pm

      Yes, and then split between three tins! x



  151. Jane Hall on April 4, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m really wanting to make your chocolate fudge cake recipe fir my hubbys 40th birthday in the next few weeks but wanting to make it in my 6inch x 3inch deep tin, what would the quantities be for this size please? Thank you xx

  152. Chris on February 11, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Hi jane, how are you? I’m sure this is another wonderful recipe! I’ve just finished baking it! I’m just wondering is it stable enough as a 4 layer cake? I’ve just baked 4 8” layers, and it just seems so delicate, so I’m not sure lol? 2 of my layers also sank, while the other 2 were fine, although all came from the same mixture, I just doubled your quantities above.

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 12, 2020 at 1:53 am

      Hey! So with this kind of recipe, it’s harder to just double because of the rising agents – also, did all the cakes go in at the same time or was the mixture left on the side? or on different levels of an oven? All of these things can cause a cake to sink.
      And as mentioned, it is a very delicate sponge – to decorate it is easier to chill for a bit so it’s firmer!



    • Christopher Flanagan on February 12, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      Hi jane! They were all out in at the same time, 2 in the middle and 2 at the bottom. But to be honest looking at them today, the sinking in the middle isn’t that bad, it’s completely usable lol I must have imagined it looked worse yesterday! I will refrigerate before stacking then!! I just worry when it comes back to room temp, will it go soft again?



    • Jane's Patisserie on February 13, 2020 at 1:09 am

      Ahh okay that’s good! And I’m sure it will be fine! If in doubt, once stacked just leave it in a cool place (or the fridge if you don’t mind it drying out a small amount) but I’m sure it’ll be fine!



  153. Tracy Dawson on January 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    Hi jane. Can I use condensed milk rather than evaporatrd milk for the buttercream? Just noticed that that is what I’ve bought. Thanks.

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 26, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      No – they are completely different!



  154. Julia on November 24, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    5 stars
    Hey Jane, just made this and it’s Fab! One of the cakes sunk just a little and took about 50 mins to cook but thinking my oven temp may be off! Just wondered, when I make chocolate mousse I use bournville chocolate which works great so I used it for this but I’m thinking it maybe wasn’t quite dark enough? I’m making again in a couple of days should I switch to a baking dark chocolate around 70%?! Thanks!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 25, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Hiya! Yes I would only ever use something 70% or higher for baking, I don’t generally use Bournville! x



  155. Mussarrat on October 26, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    5 stars
    Another great recipe, I followed the recipe exactly but the sponges were so crumbly. Baked the sponges the day before decorating and serving. Any attempt to cut a slice resulted in a crumbly heap of chocolatey goodness. Tastes lovely, used cacao powder instead of regular cocoa powder. Any idea what could have caused a crumbly sponge? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      As mentioned in the post, they are a delicate sponge. It could be that they were slightly dried out/overbaked though, but the sponge is designed to be soft and delicious!



  156. Jasmine Hussain on October 15, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Hi jane this recipe looks amazing, i just have a question, if i want to cover the cake entirely in buttercream do i need to double the amounts? thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

      I would say probably add on another half at least, maybe double. However, as mentioned, it isn’t a firm frosting so it doesn’t hold up the best on the sides!



  157. sophie on October 6, 2019 at 11:54 am

    hi jane,
    im thinking if making this cake tomorrow and i just wondered if i can use normal caster sugar rather than golden caster sugar? would this make a difference?
    many thanks!

  158. Natalie smith on July 26, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Hi there, if I wanted to make this into cupcake how should I spilt the recipe? Should I just spilt all the ingredients by half?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 26, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      Have a look at my Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes recipe x



  159. Donna Youngson on July 21, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Would baking belts be okay to use with this recipe please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 21, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      I don’t personally see the point in baking belts – it doesn’t need them!



    • Sam on July 13, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      5 stars
      Hi Jane,
      I have made so many of your recipes and absolutely love them all. Im so happy I have finally found someone with amazing recipes which are simple to follow with perfect results each time. I’ve been on a mission for over a year to find the perfect chocolate sponge that is actually chocolatey, I personally find just using cocoa power isnt enough (Im definitely a chocoholic) this recipe was absolutely amazing, I just found my sponge a little too moist if I wanted to use it as a typical “cake”, absolutely perfect for a fudge cake though. I’m wondering would you just add more flour, to firm it up a little, so it was more like a chocolate victoria sponge type cake? I hope this makes sense! Lol. Thanks so much! 🙂



    • Jane's Patisserie on July 14, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Hey! So I have never tried to make it more firm, as this really is a fudge cake recipe compared to a regular cake – it’s certainly worth a try though!! xx



  160. KKAH on June 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, another top recipe. My cake was a little on the bitter side though. Is it because i used high percentage chocolate (70%)? Would this work with Milk chocolate instead of dark? 🤔

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 20, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      It’s meant to be fudgey and rich, and I use 85% – I would not recommend using anything under 70%, as milk chocolate is too thin and the cake won’t bake the same!



    • Jade on November 1, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Jane,

      I love all of your bakes so followed this recipes today. As it was baking in the oven for about 35 mins I checked on it and it had cracked on the top so I took it out as didn’t want it to completely crack but now it’s cooling the cake is sinking! This has never happened to me before. Should I have left it for longer even though it was cracking in the oven? Any ideas what I might have done in order for it to crack? Xx



    • Jane's Patisserie on November 1, 2020 at 7:29 pm

      The cake sinking means it’s under baked, and taking the cake out too soon will have caused that! How did you mix the sponge mixture? Sometimes cracking can happen for over mixing!



  161. Catherine Hurley on May 24, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Can i ask how long the buttercreme can be in fridge. Have some leftover. Made this cake todsy for my dad’s birthday Tomor. Looks very yummy.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 24, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      The fridge I would guess easily a week, but you can also freeze it for longer!



  162. Kate on May 24, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Jane. This recipe looks great so I’m attempting it for my nephew’s birthday party! I know you say plain flour but I wondered if self raising would work? Ive got stacks of SR and no plain! Many thanks, Kate

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 24, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      It will make the cake very delicate, and it is better with plain flour in all honesty – but the self raising won’t kill it. Leave out the baking powder if you use the SRF!



  163. Rosa Preston on May 5, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve made this 3 times now! Definitely a winner in our house! The last two times I’ve substituted the half of the light soft brown sugar for 75g of dark soft brown sugar as I didn’t have enough. It’s a great tweet!… it makes the sponge slight more fudgey and slightly easier to manage. Really lovely! Worth a try x

  164. Sam on April 23, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Jane I was just wondering if you had a YouTube channel? Or if maybe you could post some videos with decorating tips on here please? Excited to make this cake! Xx

  165. Kirsty on April 14, 2019 at 10:37 am

    5 stars
    I made this in 3 sandwich tins. Absolutely beautiful cake! So moist – everyone thought it was shop bought! The only change I made, was more cocoa in the frosting, but that’s just my personal preference. Excellent as always Jane! I’m about to try one of your vegan recipes for a visitor this evening. I’m believing in the power of Jane! 🙏

  166. Chloe on March 28, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds amazing and I’d like to attempt it for my sisters birthday coming up! The only problem is she really hates coffee! Does it have much of a coffee flavour to the cake? Could I possibly just take this out do you think? Or sub in something else maybe? Please let me know what you think, I loveeeee all your recipes and they’ve turned out great so far so I’d love to try this for her as she’s a massive chocolate fan! Thanks:)

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 29, 2019 at 10:32 am

      You can’t taste the coffee – it just really enhances the flavour of the chocolate – leave it in, you won’t regret it!



  167. Sushma Jassal on February 24, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,

    I love your website, it’s my number one favorite baking site!!

    I love to bake but live alone with no family in this country, so I tend to bake & take into work & for friends birthdays, leavers, etc. I have made your Oreo drip cake several times for work colleagues & it always looks amazing but I find the chocolate sponge can be a bit dry or crumbly when I am decorating it (but I also make 10” sizes of sponges to feed as many of the 300 employees as possible, maybe that’s part of the problem, but I do increase the ingredients by precise calculations based on surface area ratio (not that I have ever had a complaint about it, they devour it but I’m a tad of a perfectionist)), for this reason I wanted to enquire if this cake would work for the Oreo drip cake?

    Many thanks in advance & once again your recipes are amazing & so yummilicious I (& for sure most of the people I work with) love them.

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 24, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      Hiya! To be honest, this is probably far too soft. It’s very hard to make a drip cake out of it as it’s soft. If the oreo sponge is dry, it’s overbaked. If I bake anything 10″ or more, I bake at 140C for a longer time to stop it drying out as much x



  168. Becky on February 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Just made your chocolate fudge cake and it’s turned out lovely! I have lots of the frosting left over – is okay to freeze?

    Thank you! X

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 4, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Yes definitely! And so glad you liked it!



  169. Jai on December 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Hi, Do you put both cake tins in the oven at the same time?
    Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 20, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Hiya! Yes, you should always bake a cake as the mix is ready so both in at the same time!



  170. Shula on December 7, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Hi Jane. Just a quick question before I start making this recipe today. What percent dark chocolate do you recommend using for this recipe? Thank you

  171. Jude on November 5, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Hi Jane,
    Love the sound of the icing made with evaporated milk, but just wondered if I could make it orange flavour, so it would remind you of Terry’s chocolate orange ?
    Thanks for a lovely recipe

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 6, 2018 at 8:26 am

      You could add in some high quality orange extract!



    • Jude on November 13, 2018 at 7:53 am

      5 stars
      Many thanks Jane, will be trying it out very soon 😊



  172. Mary on October 25, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Really looking forward to trying out this recipe. Am off to the shops soon to buy the ingredients. Can you tell me why I can’t use Stork for the buttercream? And what I should use instead?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 25, 2018 at 10:39 am

      You should never ever use any stork/spread/margarine for buttercream as its too soft, and isn’t real butter and will make it far too soft. Use Unsalted Butter as mentioned in the recipe!



  173. Sam on October 17, 2018 at 7:54 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane
    I absolutely adore your recipes, they always go down well in my house. Was just wondering how much more of the ingredients for the buttercream would I need if I wanted to completely cover the whole cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      There is probably enough to cover the sides, but as mentioned in the post its not the strongest of frostings so can be a bit difficult to get the perfect finish on the sides x



  174. Kelly on October 15, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    5 stars
    I made this a couple of days ago and have to say that it’s the best cake I’ve EVER eaten! It’s so chocolately and fudgy, yet easy to make, and loved the buttercream. I only had Stork – although it says not to use that, it turned out okay if not a little runny.

    Amazing recipe – thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

  175. Rosa Preston on September 6, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Hi, I want to make this ahead of time for my daughters birthday. You’ve mentioned it can be frozen, how long would you recommend keeping it in the freezer for at the most and can I put the frosting on when it’s frozen or should I completely defrost it first?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 6, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      You would need to fully defrost the cake before decorating – sponges can be made 3 months or so in advance in frozen, but fresh is best.



    • Rosa Preston on March 6, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      I made the cake and it was fab! I’m making it again now but not freezing the sponge this time. How many days will the sponge keep without it being frosted?



    • Jane's Patisserie on March 6, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      It’ll keep for about 3-4 days I’d say – if stored correctly!



    • Rosa Preston on March 8, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you



    • Heidi on October 14, 2018 at 9:18 am

      5 stars
      Can I freeze the frosting?



    • Jane's Patisserie on October 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

      I believe so, yes!



  176. Lewis on July 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Hey Jane,

    Quick question, is it meant to be gooey in the middle? Because whenever I tried to make it and put the cocktail stick through it, it comes out chocolatey.

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      If its still gooey when you’re testing the cake after its been in the oven, its not done baking. This is a rule for all cakes. x



    • Lewis on July 28, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Well, it’s just, I had it at the right temperature you said and it was in there for the time you said, maybe my oven is just one of those that needed to be longer.



    • Jane's Patisserie on July 29, 2018 at 8:50 am

      A temperature and a time is never a guarantee and your oven could be completely off, and I do mention that it can take longer in some ovens in the method. Some ovens can be about 20C out easily, or if your mixture was thinner it would also need more baking time.



    • Lewis on October 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Hey Jane, quick question. Can the butter and chocolate be melted on the stove as well?
      You know, put the bowl over a pot of boiling water and let them melt? And can they be melted together?



    • Jane's Patisserie on October 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Yes they can x



  177. Jennifer on July 4, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Hi. Ive make this cake a few times and love it. Weve having a big family party and wanted to make this cake but much better. 14inch round with 3 teir.
    Do you have any ideas on how much mixture i would need?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 4, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Hiya! Do you mean tiers or layers? Just because tiers wise, I don’t think this cake will stack very well, but three layers of cake is fine. Also, if you do mean layers, I would think you will need to bake the layers separately and not all in one as I just don’t think the cake will ever bake because its so fudgey.
      I would advised using 2.5x the amount for each layer. It’s A LOT of cake, so it’ll be interesting!
      Also, I would advise keeping the baking temp low at 140C, and baking it for probably near enough 2 hours per layer? I’ve never baked it this big however, so thats a guess on time. It’s something you’d have to keep an hour on, but as just an 8″ layer takes about 40 minutes, I can imagine a 14″ will be 2 hours or more xx



  178. Holly Johnson on June 25, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Hello. I made this as a three tier for father’s day and it was fab. Would it work as cupcakes? Thinking of doing them for my son’s birthday party. Would I need to change anything? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      Yes I’m sure it would! It’s quite a moist mix so beware of certain cupcake cases peeling! X



  179. Mdm Zahis on April 27, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Hi Jane. Since my oven is a small one, can I just bake it in an 8″ round cake pan & when done, just divide the cake into 2? At what temperature should my oven be & to bake for how long?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 27, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Hiya! You definitely could! I would still bake it at the same temperature, but just for much longer. I’ve never baked it in one tin, but I can imagine it would take more than an hour in the oven because its so fudgey x



    • Zahis E on April 27, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Thx Jane for your fast reply😊



  180. Becca on March 24, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Hi I just made this cake for my brothers birthday. It was rising nicely in the oven then it sunk 🙁 It seemed bit crispy on top in the middle and more spongy on the outside. I followed the recipe precisely. Any idea why? (It sunk in the oven)

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 24, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Hey! If you opened the oven earlier than 3/4 of the way through the baking time, that would probably be it. Otherwise it might not have been baked properly, maybe if the oven temperature was off. x



    • Becca on March 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you for the reply. Didn’t open oven until 35 mins but it had sunk before then. Gutted as I did everything so carefully to make sure it would be ok. Think I can blame oven as I just tried turning it on and it didn’t turn on first try! Maybe it is on its way out. Will have to try again in another oven 🙂



  181. Garfield on March 17, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Hi I would like to use this recipe for a wedding anniversary cake and cover it in fondant do you think it will be suitable for this?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      It’s a very moist and soft cake so I wouldn’t say its the best for covering and stacking, it might be worth using a normal cake sponge and then maybe the frosting?



  182. George on March 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I made this for my girlfriend’s birthday. It was the first proper cake I’ve ever baked by myself, and it turned out fantastic! It’s extremely rich and decadent, and I highly recommend it. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  183. Fiona on February 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Hi there. Firstly I want to say that this cake was amazing!! Very moist and so chocolatey!! U mentioned in your comments that’s this was a light sponge.. .. the consistency of mine was almost like a brownie??? Did i do something wrong?? Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 26, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      It might be that your cake mixture was slightly over mixed, but sometimes it can come out that way purely by chance depending even on the oven!



  184. Sammy on January 27, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Jane, thank you so much for all your recipes. My niece and I have made a few of them and we have so much fun. Looking forward to making this cake as I’ve been searching for a good recipe for ages. Just wanted to check if it would be ok to split the recipe in half? Thanks again xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Do you mean to just make one layer of the cake? It should be okay but I’ve never personally tried it! x



    • Sammy on January 27, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Sorry I meant would it be ok to use half the recipe…so still 2 layers but a smaller cake. Thanks xx



    • Jane's Patisserie on January 29, 2018 at 11:35 am

      You can do but the sponges are already quite thin so I wouldn’t recommend it! X



    • Sammy on January 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Aww ok thank you 😊 xx



  185. Carly mape on December 14, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Love your recipes. Do you have to refridgerate cake before frosting ? Doesn’t putting a cake in the fridge dry it out ? Do u think that would be enough frosting to cover the sides too ? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 16, 2017 at 7:02 am

      It is just advised to put it in for half an hour or so which wouldn’t dry the cake out. And yes it should be plenty of frosting.



    • Carly mape on December 16, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Made it yesterday absolutely delicious



  186. Jessica on November 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    What kind of nozzle do you use to pip the buttercream in the middle of the cake?, does it matter what size it is? Also, I only own a hand mixer will this still be okay to mix the buttercream instead of a paddle attachment??

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

      I use a Medium 2D closed star, sizing just literally changes the sizes of the swirls so I always stick to medium size. And yes a hand mixer will still work.



  187. Ani on November 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m going to attempt to make this cake for my little nephews birthday. I was planning on covering the whole cake with buttercream, shall I just double the ingredients for the frosting, would that be enough to cover the whole cake and for some swirls on top? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Hiya! Yes doubling would be good. I would also recommend keeping an eye on the amount of evaporated milk as it can be quite a slack frosting, so cover the sides it could be a little soft. Therefore you might need less than double the amount.



    • Ani on November 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Brilliant thank you! I’m so excited to make the cake!!



    • Ani on November 18, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      So I thought I had better to do a trial and I am so glad I did as one of the cakes sunk a little. Strange as I thought I had divided the mixture equally into the tins. I guess I’ll just have to bake them a little longer next time. Also the frosting was delicious but a little sloppy, shall I skip the evaporated milk next time to make it a little more stiff? The end result looked amazing and my hubby devoured the cake, I just need to perfect it for the birthday boy. Thank you



    • Jane's Patisserie on November 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Just use a little less evaporated milk next time, or add in more icing sugar. And yes, if one worked fine then it probably was a little uneven – but also ovens can bake differently depending on where a cake is placed inside them.



  188. Maeve on November 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    This icing is my absolute favourite and I would like to make a vanilla version.. should I just add vanilla extract and substitute the cocoa powder for extra icing sugar?? Thank youuu!! Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Hiya – It will just turn into a coffee cake. There isn’t a suitable way to convert it as its really designed for a chocolate style cake, and the icing sugar wouldn’t work in place. The chocolate is a large part of the recipe so you can’t simply remove it. x



    • Maeve on November 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Just to clarify, it will still be the same chocolate cake but I would just like to have blue icing on it (therefore I wouldn’t be able to use the cocoa powder..)



    • Jane's Patisserie on November 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      You would have to add at least 100g of icing sugar in place of the cocoa powder, as it is designed really to be used with the cocoa powder. Cocoa powder naturally thickens substances like these frostings, so you need double the amount in placement. It might still be a little soft.



  189. MD on October 14, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Jane, I’ve made this cake as per recipe but was going to make it in two 7inch tins, would that be okay? And just leave it in the oven a little longer?

  190. Monica on August 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I really enjoyed making this! I found that when it came to frosting the cake it was very crumbly and it ended up losing big chunks 🙁

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Sometimes you need to refrigerate it as suggested to prevent this ? the sponge is so soft it can happen.



  191. Vanessacameron on August 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Would this work with self raising flour as I always have trouble with plain flour chocolate cakes

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 4, 2017 at 8:51 am

      I really would recommend using Plain Flour because of the type of cake it is. You don’t need the extra raising agent from the Self Raising Flour.



  192. Debbie on July 20, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I need 4 layers of 8 inches, should I just double up? Xx

  193. DebDoeaCakes on July 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Thinking of making this but reading through the recipe, I’m confused- U mentioned coffee in the ingredients, but no mention of the 125mls of boiling water- but in the method U mention mixing the coffee with the 125ml boiling water, desolving the coffee in the water & adding to the chocolate & butter mixture, is that correct? Would it not be too much liquid – 125mls plus the 75mls of buttermilk- 200mls of liquid? Please clarify- thanks, as d cake does look lovely & would love to make it as a raffle prize for a charity effect.

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      No, that is correct. Water isn’t usually stated in a ingredients list as its just water and is readily available. It’s the correct amount.



    • DebDoeaCakes on July 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Jane,
      Thanks for confirming. I really want to give it a go.
      Debbie



  194. Josey on May 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Jane it looks amazing. Can I use this frosting to smooth round a 6in three layer cake then do a caramel drip ? Would the frosting be firm enough? Thanks.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      I would say it would be good for it, but you need to use less evaporated milk – probably half the amount of evaporated milk, but the rest stays the same!



    • Josey on May 30, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you for your quick response I’ll give it a try. Does the frosting firm up in fridge?



    • Jane's Patisserie on May 30, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Yes ?



    • Michelle on May 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Hi could i substitute the evaporated milk for condensed milk do u think?



    • Jane's Patisserie on May 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      I wouldn’t personally.



  195. Abbie Thorne on May 26, 2017 at 7:50 am

    How would this cake turn out using gluten free flour? Has anybody tried it? 🙂 x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      It might be ever so slightly dryer, and it shoooould work…! I have never personally tried it though so can’t guarantee!



  196. Charlott on May 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Hi I am looking to make this cake but with mint icing? Do you recommended just adding a teaspoon of peppermint essence into the icing? The recipient loves chocolate cake, and mint, so i am looking to combine the two and decorate with min aero bubbles.

    Thanks

    Charlotte

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Hiya! Yes I would add mint extract in.. I would probably do 1.5tsps/2tsps though as its quite a large batch of icing! x



    • Charlotte on May 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Ok great thank you!
      I made your Caramac cake on the weekend and it was amazing. I loved the ganache on top – do you think I can put a dark chocolate ganache on top of this cake?
      I’m going to make this exact sponge and icing (with mint essence) and then a ganache I think.
      Thanks so much, love your recipes.
      Charlotte



    • Jane's Patisserie on May 16, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Yes that would work well! x



  197. Catherine hodgson on April 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hey Jane ?… I’ve made this recipe before and I love it!! Nicest chocolate cake ever… I’m just wondering could this be upscaled and made in a giant cupcake tin ? thanks xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 13, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Hiya! You could try it, but I’m not sure how successfully it would come out of the tin because of its texture? And the cake batter itself is a lot thinner than a normal one. It’s worth a shot but I can’t guarantee it’ll work! ? x



    • Catherine hodgson on April 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Hey!! Thanks for your reply, I thought that too I might give it a trial run and see if not I’ll make a choc Madeira lol.. don’t need it to June so plenty of time to practise lol lol.. if it doesn’t then I’ll have lots of cake too eat ??



    • Jane's Patisserie on April 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Hahaha yesss definitely! Let me know how you get on as I am intrigued! x



  198. Belinda on March 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    This is the yummiest chocolate cake I have ever had!!! I LOVE IT!!! My sister made this and I honestly ate about half the cake by myself lol! Should feel guilty but it’s too yummy to feel bad about!! lol!

  199. Lola Bellouere on March 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Wow how mega indulgent! X
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

  200. Sarah on March 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Hiya, is this cake strong enough to cover in fondant/sugarpaste? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 21, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Hey! I’ve never tried it, but it’s very soft & moist so probably not? Sorry! x



  201. Adam on March 20, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Absolutely love your recipes and appreciate your help and inspiration.

    I just wanted to ask whether I could use two 9″/23 cm cake tins for this recipe?

    Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 20, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Hey! You can indeed, the sponges will just be thinner and need less baking time 🙂 X



    • Adam on March 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you Jane 🙂

      I decided to go and buy some 8″ tins too lol 🙂

      I wanted to make this cake 2 days in advance so bake it on Tuesday to be cut into on Thursday.

      Shall i bake the cake, decorate with frosting etc and store in the fridge?

      or shall i bake the cake today (Tuesday) and make the frosting/decorate on Wednesday?

      Also, should if I make the cake today, would i store it in the fridge or leave outside at room temp?

      Many thanks in advance for your assistance. I really appreciate your help and advice.

      I’m an amateur baker looking to bake something for red nose day 🙂



    • Jane's Patisserie on March 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Ah yes, 8″ tins are better than 9″! I would bake the cakes on tuesday, and store them in an airtight container at room temperature, and then decorate on wednesday, and store at room temperature again. You only need to refrigerate the cakes for maybe 30 minutes before decorating, if the sponge is soft, but I made this cake today and just left it too cool and didnt need to refrigerate before decorating! 🙂 x



  202. Kev on February 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Made this cake today and it’s by far the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted. The cake is so moist, rich and full of flavour and the frosting is amazing. It’ll be my go to recipe from now on. Thank you 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Awh that is SO amazing! I am so so glad you enjoyed it! x



  203. Aishah Ali on January 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I made this today as 3 layers and it came out divine. Thank you so much for you recipes x

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Awh thats amazing! I am so glad! x



  204. zoe on January 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Is the taste of coffee strong in this cake? Im not a fan of coffee so would prefer to leave it out but would this have much of an effect on how the sponge will turn?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      As mentioned in the comments before the recipe, you can’t taste the coffee at all, but it being there enhances the chocolate flavour, and you need the amount of liquid in there as well so it’s best to leave it in! X



  205. Nadine Wolfenden on December 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I used this recipe for our Christmas Day pudding, and it went down a treat!! The cake is super moist and rich without being over indulgent! I made it two days ahead and it’s still going strong! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 26, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Awh yaaayy! I’m so so glad you like it and enjoyed it! ❤



  206. Becki on November 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I made this cake and it sunk 🙁
    It was cooked all the way through so not sure what happened x

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Chances are the temperature of your oven is incorrect, if a cake sinks it’s very rarely anything to do with the recipe or ingredients. Often it means it’s over done/underdone or the oven has an issue. Quite often, ovens are not the temperature you think they are so maybe get an oven thermometer to check?



  207. Miss Kay on November 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Hey Jane. Tried the recipe and it sunk both times..?. What can I do?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      The cake sunk? If it’s sunk it’s underdone



  208. Carol on October 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Can I make this cake and freeze it minus the icing?

  209. Hadar on September 28, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Hi! Looks amazing! Can I use whipping or heavy cream instead of the Evaporated Milk?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 28, 2016 at 8:36 am

      You can but you won’t need nearly as much (and it won’t create the same flavour) but add 1tbsp at a time till you reach your desired consistency



    • Hadar on September 28, 2016 at 8:57 am

      I’ll try it! Thank you for the quick response!



  210. Nicola on September 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Tried these as cup cakes, turned out fab, my daughter is very picky and is currently on her second of a fresh batch ?? thank you for the recipe xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Ohh yay! That’s brilliant! 😀 x



  211. Ashley on June 2, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Can I bake this ahead of time? If so, how would you suggest I store the cake layers until I decorate?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      It depends how long ahead of time you want to bake it? Fresh is best really!



  212. Lucy on March 20, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Hello I am thinking of making this cake for my sons birthday party but wanted to use a 11″ tin as there will be alot of people. Could you please tell me how much ingredients I will need? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Hiya I have never made one with this recipe that big so i wouldn’t know I’m afraid.. You could just try doubling it but you’d have to bake it on a really low temp for a very long time so that it bakes properly. X



    • Lucy on April 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much for your help. This was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made!!!! X



    • Jane's Patisserie on April 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Ahhh yay!! 🙂 I am so glad!! x



  213. Anne STAPLETON on March 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    What depth are the tins you use for this cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      The only ones I use for anything are deep ones 🙂



  214. Joanne on November 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Ha ha ha – don’t try this when it’s 40 degrees in your kitchen! It tasted amazing, but the icing just melted right off! Thanks for sharing this recipe <3

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Ohhh no haha definitely wouldnt work!! Refrigerate it and it’ll be fine! 🙂



  215. Kelsie on November 12, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Hi could I used condensed milk instead of evaporated? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 12, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Did you comment “Hi can you use condensed milk instead of evaporated milk and use less sugar? If so how much sugar would you use?” The other day? 🙂 you can use condensed milk but it is more sugary, I just wouldn’t use less powdered sugar! 🙂



  216. Kelsie on November 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Hi can you use condensed milk instead of evaporated milk and use less sugar? If so how much sugar would you use?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 10, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      I wouldn’t really advise using less sugar as thats the powder that keeps the frosting thick – if you reduce it then you risk the frosting being extremely runny? However you can probably use condensed milk, but again the consistency might be different (and it’ll be more sugary!) 🙂



  217. Shenaaz on October 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    My My it certainly looks scrumptious, very tempted to try this recipe, have not baked in years, kids are now doing their stuff, passing it on to “MY Baker” ! Chocolate cake Lover

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Hahah thank you! You definitely should bake again, you’ll wish you’d never stopped!



    • Naeve Kelly on June 30, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Jane
      I am making this cake for my nieces birthday but doing it in the 1 and 4 shaped tins size 14″ x 10″ 3deep how would you recommend to make this double the recipe or use the one recipe in each shape as I only have one tin of each number

      Many thanks
      Naeve



    • Jane's Patisserie on June 30, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Hey – so I can’t remember the last time I baked into a number/letter shaped tin so I’m unsure of quantities – sorry!



  218. heather on September 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I made this cake and cannot believe how moist and delicious it is. I brought some into work today and was told it was the best chocolate cake they had ever had by some of my colleagues and I have to agree with them. Thanks for this wonderful recipe,

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Ohh I’m so glad!! Thank you for such lovely comments!! ❤️



  219. abbiosbiston on August 31, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I use buttermilk and coffee in my chocolate cake too.

  220. apuginthekitchen on August 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    OMG! that cake is gorgeous.

  221. lovethelittlebakery on August 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Oh my goodness jane, another scrummy looking bake! I think it’s really interesting how you have done the frosting. I’m usually a buttercream kinda gal, and recently been experimenting with ganache. I may add this one to my list of things to try. Looks amazing! Hx

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Aww thank you so much! 🙂 And same here, but I wanted to try something a little different with this one, its like a buttercream-ganache hybrid 😀 thanks! x



    • lovethelittlebakery on August 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Ooh I think I will definitely be trying this next time I make something chocolatey 🙂 x



    • Jane's Patisserie on August 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Awwh haha yay! Lemme know how you get on 🙂 x



    • lovethelittlebakery on August 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Will do 🙂 x



  222. JuJuwe on August 28, 2015 at 11:42 am

    it’s killing me softly while reading this ( hahaha ). I always cannot resist chocolate cake. I wish I had a slice

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Ohh same here, my weakness! 🙂 and thanks!



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